Esittely Introduction

Jules Massenet

Croatian National Theatre Ivan Pl. Zajc Rijeka
European Capital of Culture 2020

The opera house of the European Capital of Culture is bringing a real gem to Savonlinna this summer. Jules Massenet's Werther is a delicate, lyrical opera that simmers with late 19th century sensuality.

The team behind the production is sure to impress. Director Fabrizio Melano devoured opera librettos since he was 10 years of age, abandoned his university career for opera, worked for New York’s Metropolitan Opera for 30 seasons and has directed singers from Callas to Scotto, Pavarotti and Domingo. (Not to mention that he founded the Japanese restaurant Cho Cho San in Manhattan, which was famed for its Puccini sushi.) He delivers a slick and minimalist interpretation of Werther.

The director Melano has discovered Slovenian Aljaž Farasin for the role of Werther. The role of Charlotte will be sung by Ivana Srbljan.

Director and sets Fabrizio Melano
Set designer’s assistant Carry Lee Hent
Conductor Kalle Kuusava
Costumes Manuela Paladin Šabanović
Lighting design Dalibor Fugošić

Info Info

July 26 (premiere)
July 29 & 31, 2020 at 19

Tickets from 95 €

Language: French
Surtitles in Finnish and English
Duration approx. 3 hrs, incl. one interval

Werther: Aljaz Farasin
Charlotte: Ivana Srbljan
Albert: Domen Krizaj
Sophie: Vanja Zelcic
Le Bailii: Giorgio Surian
Johann: Robert Kolar
Schmidt: Marko Fortunato
Kätchen: NN
Brühlmann: NN

Croatian National Theatre Orchestra
Savonlinna Opera Festival Children’s Choir

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